I’ve been dealing with the medical legal cases for more than 20 years now and I can tell you that the abused mental patients rarely sue the clinics or their psychiatrists. Yet they could easily win the cases and get a nice amount of compensation. So, what’s the problem?
Let me start with the fact that millions of people suffer from different kind of mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders and others. Anti-depressant industry is huge and pharmaceutical companies are making billions of dollars every year out of them. The people are popping anxiety and anti-depressant pills like tik-taks and it has become a part of our modern culture to feel depressed and be fine with it.
And there are other severe cases of mental disorders that require a clinical treatment. When a person becomes dangerous for them or others and cannot function properly, the treatment becomes necessary and that’s when the doctors often mistreat patients. When you trust your doctor, pay them thousands of dollars and they are not only unable to help you, but actually make your situation worse, you know that there is something wrong and someone has to answer for such accident.
How can doctors make your situation worse? The problem with mental illnesses is that a professional has to diagnose it and you can’t be 100% sure that you actually suffer from one. It’s not like you do a blood test and it shows that you have multiple personality disorder. Because of this, a wrong diagnosis is quite common. Imagine that you have one illness and your doctor starts treating you for another. Not only you waste your money and time, you do not get better and delay the treatment for an actual illness.
What you need to know before suing your psychiatrist
You have rights to sue anyone you want, but being realistic before doing it could save you some money. Being angry at someone is understandable, but not enough to win the case. That’s why it is important to have a consultation with a lawyer to determine if what you have in your hands is enough to give a judge a reasonable argument against a psychiatrist or a clinic. Thats why it is important to know things that are considered mistreatment and malpractice.
You can sue your psychiatrist if
Diagnosis was wrong and the patient suffered because of it. As I mentioned above, this is one of the most common cases. Diagnosing mental illness can be difficult, but it does not mean that doctors are free of consequences if they do it wrong. Having a license to do it means that you take full responsibility of misdiagnosis.
Psychiatrist provided Improper treatment and subscribed wrong medication. Failing to provide a treatment that actually helps the patient is crucial. If your psychiatrist subscribed the medication that did not work or actually made your condition worse, you have a reason to sue him or her.
Psychiatrist or clinic shared your confidential information to the third party. This is a violation and highly unacceptable. Do not think that simply because you suffer from mental illness and potentially be dangerous for yourself or others, means that your information cannot be confidential. Even if the information was shared out of good will and it did not have any negative consequences, you can still sue the psychiatrist or a clinic.
There are many other reasons you can take the case to the court. The list is not limited to those three listed above. Although they are the most common ones. Individual consultation with a lawyer is recommended.
If you think that you’ve been misdiagnosed, mistreated or your confidentiality was violated, I am here to help you. With more than 20 years of legal experience, I will provide a free consultation. Please use the contact page to get in touch with me.